OMG go Steelers! I can't help but get into football when all of Pittsburgh is so excited. I even made two cover versions of the ubiquitous "Here We Go" Steelers themesong. They are: "folk" version and "techno" version. Cortney helped record the latter!
Speaking of blogs and Steelers, I can't help but pass along "Ben Roethlisblogger." Now when someone is like, NFL quarterbacks do not talk like teenage girls on their blogs, you have positive evidence to the contrary.
Review: Broken Social Scene
(10 Jan 2006 at 19:29)
Now I rather like a band called Broken Social Scene. This was one of those bands that almost escaped my attention because I had lumped them in with like The Promise Ring, probably based solely on their name, back in my WRCT days and subsequent self-destructive indie exclusionist period (from which an epiphany regarding Radiohead eventually shook me). The reason for this amused and otherwise irrelevant announcement (using the extremely underutilized "Review" section of Tom 7 Radar) is the similarity of my experience with that of the author of this review I found at Pitchfork (only my real experience has less hyperbole). It's eerie how well these folks have always got my number. So there is one more potential missed boat caught—thanks C!
In other fatwa-defying news, I must admit swooning mildly over the new Mac laptops. Surprisingly, this is not because they now have Intel chips (as I have been enjoying the speed and economy of the brutishly inelegant x86 architecture since 1987), but because of the genius invention known as the "MagSafe" power connector. Anyone who has experienced me using my laptop (or tried to borrow it temporarily) knows of my nearly psychotic protectiveness of the power connector and its interface with the machine, which is always one of the first parts of the computer to bite it (see case study). Well, this power connector is attached so gently, using magnets, that a yank just disconnects it without any wince-inducing shearing or torsion whatsoever. Brilliant! My promise to you, Apple Corporation: If you can create a smaller "Powerbook Nano" line with a curb weight of 3.5 pounds or less (sacrificing features as you like), MagSafe power connector, and two touchpad buttons, I will buy your ultrahip shit and not even install Linux on it.
You know how sometimes the guy in the apartment above you is doing some construction or something and you are thinking, dang, that guy is being so loud and violent that he will probably break the ceiling? Well, sometimes that does happen—see picture of stuff closet #2/3, clicking if you like for a larger version.